IRAN WATCH CANADA

Thursday, February 16, 2017

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/02/16/iran-slain-protesters-mother-arrested

For Immediate Release

Iran: Slain Protester’s Mother Arrested
Son Was Killed in 2009 Post-Election Crackdown

(Beirut, February 16, 2017) – The Iranian authorities have arrested and detained the mother of one of the victims of the government’s violent crackdown on protests in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release Shahnaz Karimbeigi, who became an activist after her son was killed and has been in Evin prison since January 25, 2017, or promptly bring recognizable criminal charges against her and guarantee her a fair trial.

Karimbeigi’s 26-year-old son, Mostafa, was one of several protesters who were shot and killed during protests on December 27, 2009, linked to the disputed 2009 presidential election. Fifteen days after his disappearance, authorities directed the Karimbeigi family to the Kahrizak detention center morgue, where they identified Mostafa’s body, a source familiar with the case told Human Rights Watch. In the ensuing years, Karimbeigi has become a visible presence, demanding that the authorities identify and prosecute those responsible for her son’s death. Three weeks after her arrest, her family has not been informed of any reason for her detention.

“Arbitrarily detaining a woman who has repeatedly asked for justice for her son is simply shameful,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The judiciary should focus on finding out who killed Shahnaz Karimbeigi’s son, instead of prosecuting her for peaceful activism.”

Authorities from the Intelligence Ministry arrested Karimbeigi at her workplace on the morning of January 25, and later that day searched her apartment and seized all her electronic devices, including her laptop. They also threatened Karimbeigi’s daughter and husband over the phone and summoned them for several hours of interrogation at the ministry’s “Follow-up Office” the next day, the source told Human Rights Watch. But it is not clear what charges Karimbeigi faces, and she has been denied access to a lawyer. Authorities had threatened, harassed, and briefly detained Karimbeigi several times before her arrest, the source said.

International law guarantees anyone accused of a crime access to a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings, including during the investigation, the pretrial proceedings, and during the trial itself. Iran’s 2014 criminal procedure law stipulates that anyone arrested should be given access to a lawyer while under investigation, with the exception of those accused of “national security crimes,” for whom such access could be delayed for up to a week. Article 48 of the law also requires people accused of national security offenses to select their counsel from a pre-approved pool of lawyers chosen by the head of the judiciary. The judiciary has yet to provide the list of pre-approved lawyers mandated by the new law, but even in the absence of a list, officials are effectively denying detainees’ access to legal defense and the right to be represented by a lawyer of their choice when they face national security crimes.

Since her son’s death, Karimbeigi had participated in several memorial gatherings with the mothers of other victims of the 2009 crackdown to demand justice for their loved ones, as well as organized public support for the families of imprisoned activists. Most recently, Karimbeigi was one of several advocates using social media campaigns to support Arash Sadeghi, a human rights defender serving a 15-year prison sentence in Evin prison.

In October 2016, Sadeghi began a hunger strike, which he ended in December, to protest his wife’s imprisonment. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Sadeghi’s wife, is serving a six-year sentence on charges of “insulting the sanctities of Islam” and “spreading propaganda against the state.”

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Monday, February 06, 2017


Dear Kristina,
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali urgently needs your help. This week, Dr. Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, was reportedly sentenced to death by the Iranian authorities in apparent connection to international academic collaboration. He is scheduled to be executed within two weeks.
SAR understands that Dr. Djalali, an Iranian-born resident of Sweden, who teaches at universities in Italy and Belgium, was arrested in April 2016, while visiting Iran to participate in a series of academic workshops. He has since been detained in Evin Prison, and was reportedly held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer until December 2016, when he was transferred to a public ward. On February 1, 2017, Dr. Djalali informed his sister that he had been forced to sign a confession, which reportedly relates to crimes against the national security of Iran. Shortly thereafter, he was reportedly sentenced to death. Dr. Djalali’s wife and academic colleagues have all strongly denied any possible national security charges against him, citing his dedication to international scientific collaboration.
SAR asks for emails, letters, and faxes respectfully urging the appropriate authorities to reverse Dr. Djalali’s capital sentence, reconsider the charges against him, and, pending such action, asking the authorities to take all available steps to ensure Dr. Djalali’s well-being while in custody, including ensuring access to medical care, to legal counsel and to family; and likewise to ensure that his case is addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial, and detention, in accordance with Iran’s obligations under international law.
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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Kianoosh Sanjari The Iranian- American Blogger, Journalist And Human Rights Activist Is Arrested.....



According to news by Radio Zamaneh , Kianoosh Sanjari the Iranian - American journalist , blogger and human rights activist arrested in Iran .
On October he returned to Iran and on December the security forces have arrested him and he is currently in prison.

His parents kept the news secret , knowing that publicizing the news may endanger his life and it may also prolong his detention.

Kianoosh sanjari was a student activist while he was in Iran and was arrested in two occasion in the past , one was during the student uprising and the other time when he protested with a group against the arrest of Ayatollah Brojerdi. He left Iran for America and become a refugee there and the he started working for the Voice of America as reporter . later he lost his job at Voice of America .

Kianoosh Sanjari was also active in " Human Rights Reporters Committee " .

Iran Watch Canada: 
Returning to the home country is everyone's rights  .  Everyone must be able to return to his home country without fear of arrest and detention . Islamic regime must end these kinds of arrests and allow all Iranian who have fear of arrest to visit their parents without prejudice .

But I don't understand why someone who have had a lot of activities in Iran and was in prison and then left the country and become the refugee in another country , despite of all the danger of arrest and detention return to his home country while knowing that he will be arrested...???!!!

Link:\
http://news.gooya.com/2017/02/post-448.php



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Thursday, February 02, 2017

End The House Arrests Of The Leaders Of The Green Movement .......


On the 7th years of house arrest of the leaders of the green movement ,
A group of political , social and civil rights activists in a letter to President, Members of Parliament, Head of National Security And Head Of Judiciary Power demanded to end the continuation of the house arrests of the leaders of the Green Movement .....

In the letter the group warned the officials ,about the consequence of not removing the house arrest . They indicated about the widening of gape between the regime and the
people and their unanswered demands .

Link:
http://www.kaleme.com/1395/11/14/klm-257977/







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Iran: Release Zeynab Jalalian and give her the urgent medical care she needs

Political activist Zeynab Jalalian lost her freedom – now she’s losing her sight


Zeynab Jalalian, aged 34, was a political activist working to empower Iran’s ethnic minority Kurds, particularly women.
In 2008, she was jailed for life for her supposed links to the military wing of a Kurdish opposition group. Her trial was grossly unfair. Not only was it over within a few minutes, but she was sentenced based on “confessions” she says she made after enduring months of torture. There was also no evidence linking her to armed activities, and she was not allowed to communicate with her lawyer.
Before her trial, she was held in a cell on her own for eight months. During this time, says Zeynab, she was flogged on the soles of her feet, and her head was repeatedly rammed against a wall, fracturing her skull and causing bleeding in the brain.
Today Zeynab suffers from a severe eye condition that urgently needs specialist surgery. Yet the authorities won’t permit it.
She needs our help. Iran’s authorities took away her freedom – we can’t let them take away her sight.

Sign our petition to the Head of the Judiciary in Iran:

I call on you to release Iranian Kurdish prisoner Zeynab Jalalian and immediately give her the treatment she needs.
I am concerned that Iran’s authorities are denying her the specialized medical treatment she urgently needs for her eyes.
Arrested for her social and political activities in 2008, Zeynab Jalalian says she was tortured in custody. She is serving a life sentence imposed after grossly unfair proceedings for her supposed links to the military wing of a Kurdish opposition group, an allegation which has not been supported by any evidence.



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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nazanin Zachary's Letter From Evin Prison To Her Baby : No Cruelty Will Go Unpunished ........

According to news coming from Iran,  Nazanin Zaghary the Iranian -British political prisoner in the women ward of Evin prison ,spoke with her little child about the patience and hope against cruelty and injustices.

Nazanin Zachary who is sentenced to five years imprisonment ,in her letter wrote: " Believe me, i didn't know that , in a country where your mom has borne and grew , you will face such a horrendous  and painful destiny , and if i knew , i would have thought twice in closing my travelling suitcase for a two weeks travel to Iran ."

" A day will come and we will get together again . If time has taken away these days  and your childhood from your father and me , no worries , they can't take our memories and our future dreams from us . No cruelty will go unpunished ."


Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2017/01/223163.php

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Geneva Summit Presenters


The Human Rights Heroes Inside Iranian Prisons
Taghi Rahmani has spent 14 years in Iranian prisons. His ailing wife, eminent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, is currently languishing as a political prisoner. The couple have dedicated their lives to the struggle for human rights in Iran



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Plight of Iran's Most Famous Political Prisoner to be Spotlighted



PRESS RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Plight of Iran's Most Famous Political Prisoner to be Spotlighted
in U.N. Testimony as Journalist Husband Heads to Geneva Summit 
 
Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi, one of Iran's most venerated women's rights activists, is 
in dire medical condition. Her case has drawn global attention—and even an appeal from 15 Iranian MPs.
 
Activists to address human rights in Russia, Turkey, Tibet, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Vietnam, Iran & more
GENEVA, Jan. 26, 2017 -  A coalition of 25 non-governmental human rights groups announced today that Taghi Rahmani, the most frequently imprisoned Iranian journalist, and husband of ailing political prisoner Narges Mohammadi, will testify in the U.N. for the opening of the 9th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy, on February 21, 2017.
Taghi Rahmani has spent his life in and out of Iranian prisons for daring to criticize the regime. In 2012, amid intensified crackdowns against dissent, Rahmani fled Iran with his two children to seek refuge in Paris.
Rahmani's wife, Narges Mohammadi, made the brave decision to stay behind and continue her work leading the struggle for human rights in Iran. Since 2015, she has been held as a prisoner of conscience of the Iranian regime, despite suffering from a critical and worsening illness.

Taghi Rahmani, the most frequently jailed Iranian journalist, languished in Iranian prisons for over 14 years.
Rahmani will joins some of the world's most courageous champions of human rights: dissidents, activists, victims and relatives of political prisoners from Russia, Turkey, Tibet and Vietnam, who will be testifying on the human rights situation in their countries. A high-profile North Korean defector, and a young Yazidi woman who wrote a book her being raped by ISIS terrorists, will also speak.
Mohamed Nasheed, the veteran human rights activist who was elected president of the Maldives only to be arrested and jailed as a political prisoner, will be one of the keynote speakers. Amal Clooney, his lawyer, has received death threats for defending Nasheed. See selected presenters below.
The acclaimed annual conference is timed to take place in Geneva days before foreign ministers gather to open the 2017 U.N. Human Rights Council session.
"It's a focal point for dissidents worldwide," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, which for the ninth year in a row will be organizing the annual event together with a cross-regional coalition of 25 other human rights groups.
The global gathering is acclaimed as a one-stop opportunity to hear from and meet front-line human rights advocates, many of whom have personally suffered imprisonment and torture.
"The speakers’ compelling and vivid testimonies will aim to stir the conscience of the U.N. to address critical human rights situations around the world," said Neuer.
Subjects on the program this year include discrimination against women, jailing of journalists, prison camps, Internet freedom, religious intolerance, and the persecution of human rights defenders.
Videos of past speaker testimonies are available at www.genevasummit.org.
Admission to this year’s February 21, 2017 summit is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory. For accreditation, program and schedule information, visit www.genevasummit.org. The conference will also be available via live webcast.
For media inquiries or to request interviews, please email secretariat@genevasummit.org

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Head Of Information Technology And Digital Media of The Ministry Of Guidance: 45 Million In Iran Are Member Of The Social Networking ....

Result -News Website:

Seyed Morteza Mosavian the head of the Information Technology And Digital Media of The Ministry Of Guidance said that  45 Million In Iran Are Member Of The Social Networking ....

 He also said that, there are infrastructures to control damages .
http://www.resalat-news.com/Fa/?code=249770


IRAN WATCH CANADA:  The security apparatus of the Islamic regime closes  online websites or softwares whenever they want . In recent weeks several sites or telegram social networkings were closed and their group managers were summoned to security offices. One such example is the Hormozgan province summons and arrests of 32 managers of telegram social networking .

Link:
http://www.isna.ir/news/95102918613/

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